International Women’s Day

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. 

Collectively we can #BreakTheBias. Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Get involved at: www.internationalwomensday.com

I am no stranger to the challenges that women face being taken seriously, often glossed over as being “too emotional”, “too sensitive” and frequently spoken to with a tone that would suggest we are completely incompetent. I am proud of myself for always overcoming these obstacles that are placed in front of me. I’m proud that I am not outspoken. I love that my style is unique and all my own.  

I acknowledge my strengths and my courage. I am in charge of my own destiny and do not have to settle for abuse, narcissism or sexist remarks. I wear my heart on my sleeve and give all the love I have within me. I get knocked down but I get back up. I laugh when I’m afraid. 

At 26 I cut my hair into a “faux hawk” pixie cut. The following year I bought a manual transmission car before learning how to drive it. I up and moved to Medicine Hat & Calgary alone at 27. I began travelling solo at 28. By 30 I purchased my first house and traded in an old SUV for a sporty coupe just for the hell of it. I’ve snorkeled above the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve walked to work in -50C temperatures with my eyelashes frozen solid. I began a hobby of 4:00 am kayaking to watch the sunrise and spending two hours a day lifting weights at the gym. I’ve connected with women and men all over the world that share my passion for thrift culture. 

In 2022, I am still pushing forward. I have opened my heart to new love, a new job and a new life with pink hair. Every day I feel more and more impassioned to chase after my dreams and try things I never imagined. Never let anyone stop you, put you down or tell you otherwise. Yes you can! I am woman, hear me roar!  

This International Women’s Day I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to a handful of women that never cease to inspire me professionally and in my daily life. While most of these amazing women I have admired from afar and have not met in “real” life, that doesn’t make them any less important in shaping my own path and future. 

The Revolving Door

For 25+ years Fief and her wonderful team have been dressing the women of Kingston in only the finest consignment fashions. A positive and safe environment for women from all walks of life. As you may not know, this was the first job I ever had. I walked in dressed in my best and handed Fief my resume. From that day forward she has motivated me at every turn that women are strong, resilient and can make it in this world by believing in themselves. 
 

ANDREA

Andrea, an absolute natural beauty that is a treasure to follow. The simplicity of her sun lit selfies and heart felt captions always inspire me to pause, reflect and be kind to myself. She isn’t afraid to be personal or poetic. She too has a love of unique fashion and styling like myself, but with a more classic twist.
 
Instagram:  @little_didyouknow

ERIN

Erin and that glistening smile, always knitting up a storm! Operations Manager of famous Mio Gelato but also a powerhouse creative entrepreneur with her brand “Doing Grandma Proud“. “Do your best, focus on life, love and making a difference and in the end everything will be okay.”
 
Instagram: @erinallen_dgp

Twice New by WINS

What could be more empowering than helping vulnerable women and their families create a better quality of life? Twice New by WINS is an award winning not for profit Calgary based curated thrift shopping experience unlike any other. Their beautifully hand-picked surprise “thrift boxes” are easily accessible for all, (not to mention super exciting!) and support a great cause.
 
Instagram: @twicenewbywins

KAREN

The ever fabulous Karen, personal stylist promoting preloved fashion and self empowerment. Every post is a treat for the eye and her passion I deeply resonate with. I’m so very excited for her new blog launch and add it to my rotation! “Empowering your true self through style”
 
Instagram: @ktstyledit 

Kimberly's DeJa Vu Boutique

The hidden gem of Belleville, Ontario! You can feel the energy and positive vibes from the moment you open the door! Fashion is their passion, with over 16 years experience. So welcoming and attentive, radiating that powerful woman energy that every gal needs! They offer an extensive online shopping platform for more accessibility and convenient at-home shopping.
 

ASH

This woman is such a powerhouse entrepreneur! Ash of Lemon’s Loot never ceases to inspire me whether it’s her eye for product and photography, or her openness and advocacy for mental health. Her journey is so deeply personal and awe-inspiring. Through the darkness may we find our purpose and our passion.
 
Instagram: @lemonsloot

JULIE

This woman is a true gem, a diamond in the rough. Julie has an awe-inspiring sense of style with captions that always make me smile. A woman after my own heart, a fellow believers in exciting office friendly looks and allowing your personality to shine through. “I can be ridiculous, at times outrageous, but I’m steady in the areas that matter.”
 
Instagram: @dressesforjulie

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  1. Pam – WOW – thank you for your lovely praise …. and I continue to be impressed by you!!! Your creativity in all you do blows me away. Your perseverance through the tough times and your joy through the good ones is not matched by many. I also love who you have grown up to be – YOURSELF !!!

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